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    SO until Covids, I was still doing tours and gigging -and I'm sure you know that the fretboard view and angle and arm angle changes when you sit down from standing with the weight on a strap... so I always rehearse standing up to get as perfect of muscle memory as possible so I don't have to look at my instrument often -so I think playing from a chair can kind of mess up performing

    BUT for writing I prefer siting down and being closer to the fretboard for some reason -and I'd vote drum throne with a back as the best option.
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    SO until Covids, I was still doing tours and gigging -and I'm sure you know that the fretboard view and angle and arm angle changes when you sit down from standing with the weight on a strap... so I always rehearse standing up to get as perfect of muscle memory as possible so I don't have to look at my instrument often -so I think playing from a chair can kind of mess up performing

    BUT for writing I prefer siting down and being closer to the fretboard for some reason -and I'd vote drum throne with a back as the best option.
    Isn't that what the fret markers along the neck binding are for?
    I just use the armless office chair in my music room that doubles as a computer chair.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Demanic View Post
    Isn't that what the fret markers along the neck binding are for?

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    Sure, but the angle of the arm, the hand, the distance all changes -and I'de prefer to not look down there to compensate for changes in all the playing posture
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    Quote Originally Posted by NegativeEase View Post
    Sure, but the angle of the arm, the hand, the distance all changes -and I'de prefer to not look down there to compensate for changes in all the playing posture
    Well, I guess that that's the next level.
    I look forward to the day when I can play anything while holding a conversation about nothing related to what I am playing.
    A long way forward, indeed.

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    I prefer armless chairs, of normal chair height, over stools. It's great to be able to lean back a little and relax all the muscles that keep you upright on a stool.
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    I do a few chord things, some crappy lead stuff, and then some rhythm stuff.

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    a taller stool as the OP mentioned
    is still in the standing position just kinda propped up
    the legs still straight

    only issue I had was the durned thing moved
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    Quote Originally Posted by NegativeEase View Post
    SO until Covids, I was still doing tours and gigging -and I'm sure you know that the fretboard view and angle and arm angle changes when you sit down from standing with the weight on a strap... so I always rehearse standing up to get as perfect of muscle memory as possible so I don't have to look at my instrument often -so I think playing from a chair can kind of mess up performing

    BUT for writing I prefer siting down and being closer to the fretboard for some reason -and I'd vote drum throne with a back as the best option.
    Who was the guitarist/singer that always played sitting down?
    I want to say he was in a 90’s band...
    I remember him saying something like,
    “When I practice I’m sitting, why would I then go onstage and stand while playing”
    So he just always played sitting.

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    I use a guitar stool with a built-in guitar stand.

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    But I did find one that has a back on it as well.


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    Quote Originally Posted by The Dali View Post
    I use a guitar stool with a built-in guitar stand.

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    But I did find one that has a back on it as well.


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    I linked one from amazon like that in post #16
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    Quote Originally Posted by Gtrjunior View Post
    Who was the guitarist/singer that always played sitting down?
    I want to say he was in a 90’s band...
    I remember him saying something like,
    “When I practice I’m sitting, why would I then go onstage and stand while playing”
    So he just always played sitting.
    Ha -I remember that - I thought it was Robert Fripp, but I could be wrong. Mincer will know if I'm right.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Demanic View Post
    Well, I guess that that's the next level.
    I look forward to the day when I can play anything while holding a conversation about nothing related to what I am playing.
    A long way forward, indeed.

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    Well, I didn't say I did that or a conversation was the goal, or even say I was good at it -but I definitely want consistent freedom of movement on the fretboard without studying and shoegazing the fretboard while I'm playing a gig.
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    Quote Originally Posted by NegativeEase View Post
    Ha -I remember that - I thought it was Robert Fripp, but I could be wrong. Mincer will know if I'm right.
    Even if you said the guys name I probably wouldn’t remember who he was. Lol

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    Quote Originally Posted by NegativeEase View Post
    Ha -I remember that - I thought it was Robert Fripp, but I could be wrong. Mincer will know if I'm right.
    Fripp has always played sitting down since 1969. I've done tons of gigs sitting, too. I use the Gator stool with the back that ehdwuld posted above. It works fine, but won't last. It doesn't fold well, and it isn't as heavy duty as a drum throne. Good for the living room, but not in the back of a van for gigging.
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    You need not pay this much for one, but these or the like work fine. I use an older one that's been around forever. No padding on it, but if buying new, I might get padding. They fold up, they're durable, they'e not over-engineered, they don't have arms to get in the way.

    https://www.modernofficefurniture.com/vipastfoch.html?utm_source=google&utm_medium=shopp ing&utm_source=google&utm_medium=cpc&utm_term=&utm _campaign=&utm_creative=416851518916&gclid=EAIaIQo bChMIsefW0_Kk6QIVjh6tBh0QawSrEAQYECABEgK7TvD_BwE


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    Last edited by ItsaBass; 05-08-2020 at 11:31 AM.
    Quote Originally Posted by LesStrat View Post
    Yogi Berra was correct.
    Quote Originally Posted by JOLLY View Post
    I do a few chord things, some crappy lead stuff, and then some rhythm stuff.

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    Quote Originally Posted by ItsaBass View Post
    You need not pay this much for one, but these or the like work fine. I use an older one that's been around forever. No padding on it, but if buying new, I might get padding. They fold up, they're durable, they'e not over-engineered, they don't have arms to get in the way.

    https://www.modernofficefurniture.com/vipastfoch.html?utm_source=google&utm_medium=shopp ing&utm_source=google&utm_medium=cpc&utm_term=&utm _campaign=&utm_creative=416851518916&gclid=EAIaIQo bChMIsefW0_Kk6QIVjh6tBh0QawSrEAQYECABEgK7TvD_BwE


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    I've actually got several of these in the building I use for cookouts, etc. Hadn't even thought about it. I'm going to try these, a drum throne, my wife's office chair, and whatever else I can get my hands on to see what works and is most comfortable. Thanks everyone for the suggestions!
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    Quote Originally Posted by ehdwuld View Post
    I linked one from amazon like that in post #16
    Ok


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    Quote Originally Posted by The Dali View Post
    Ok


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    Yours look much nicer though
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    Quote Originally Posted by v8stang289 View Post
    I've actually got several of these in the building I use for cookouts, etc. Hadn't even thought about it. I'm going to try these, a drum throne, my wife's office chair, and whatever else I can get my hands on to see what works and is most comfortable. Thanks everyone for the suggestions!
    My only issue with these types of chairs is that the cheap pop metal they are made from snaps at the crimps pretty regularly -I've sat down on one before with a guitar and the chair either twists and breaks or snaps at once and I go back first into the ground clutching my guitar.

    and I'm not fat but I am tall and heavier than the average dude, so I don't know if others have had this happen....

    looks like the one he posted may be a stronger version -so that may do the trick.
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    Have a wooden stool that I use at Church. Have played 4 to 5 hours without a break at times so---.
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